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Wickham Festival given the green light

It’s all systems go for the Wickham Festival which will go ahead as planned from August 5-8.

Organisers have confirmed the show will go on following the latest government announcement easing lockdown restrictions.

With a host of star names including Van Morrison and the Waterboys, the four-day festival is already heading for a sell-out – and a late surge in demand is expected now that fans know the event has been given the green light.

Organiser Peter Chegwyn said: “It is fantastic that festivals can go ahead with no legal restrictions on capacity. It is great news as we have record ticket sales and our audience are desperate to get out and enjoy top quality live music.

“We are delighted that we held our nerve with our decision not to cancel which has now been vindicated. We are all set for a record-breaking, successful and safe festival.

“We will of course still be monitoring developments and taking all the appropriate safety measures as the well-being of the artists, staff and fans is our main concern.

“The main stage will now be open air and we have doubled our arena space. We will be setting up plenty of sanitising and hand-washing stations. We will encourage people to bring their own chairs and to respect each other’s space but we have a mature and responsible audience so I am quite sure they will look after themselves and each other.

The Wickham Festival has a unique family atmosphere

“We have always prided ourselves on our family atmosphere and top-quality entertainment and that will not change.

“Everyone is looking forward to the end of lockdown and going out and enjoying music events again and that has sparked a huge demand for tickets especially as we have such a strong line-up.”

Other artists include Lindisfarne, Nick Lowe, the South, Show of Hands, Seth Lakeman, Nine Below Zero and the SAS Band including Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel), Tom Robinson, Graham Gouldman (10CC), Toyah, Madeline Bell and Spike Edney (Queen) – plus many more.

In addition to the four music stages, there will be late-night comedy featuring Keith Farnan, Steve Bugeja, Jayde Adams and others. And there will be the usual craft stalls, high quality food outlets and plenty of free entertainment for children.

Chegwyn added: “One of our big selling points is the laid-back atmosphere and the fact it is safe for children to wander and play. We know people want to go out and enjoy life again and we are delighted to be able to offer the chance for them to do that in a safe outdoor environment.

Excitement is mounting for the Wickham Festival

“That is reflected in our sales. With Van Morrison headlining, Saturday is almost sold out already – and the other days are not far behind. We have sold more season tickets than ever before and camping is filling up rapidly too.

“Everything is set up for this to be the biggest and best event we have ever run – and after the year we have all endured, that will be a real tonic for everyone involved. We are so excited to be able to do this.”

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    3am Wednesday morning and our amazing Site Crew headed by indefatigable Site Manager Richard Charidge are working through the night to get everything ready for when we open tomorrow afternoon. It's going to be a great Wickham Festival. 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

    3am Wednesday morning and our amazing Site Crew headed by indefatigable Site Manager Richard Charidge are working through the night to get everything ready for when we open tomorrow afternoon.  Its going to be a great Wickham Festival.  😊

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    Huge thanks to the hidden heroes who work so hard.

    Coming on Sunday just for the day. First time to Wickham. Very much looking forward to it!

    Well done!!! You deserve a nice hot cuppa and a good sleep now!! Can't wait for the festival. Will be up the campsite later this afternoon to pitch our tent!!. Fingers crossed for good tent pitching weather!!🤞🏕

    Wow it’s really coming together now!! Wickham Festival Crew 2021 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😍

    Thank you all. We'll be on our way soon, ready to set up camp. See everyone later 😎

    Well done everyone!

    Well done, Wish you well with your event. Great to see events springing back to life.

    Have a fab time all. So jealous Babs 👶 xx

    IT'S WICKHAM DAY 🤩🤩

    Hoooray,well done workers.Hooray for Wickham.

    Safe travels everyone and see you in a field in a few hours 🎶🎸🍻🌞

    Well done everyone, its going to be great!

    Leaving soon so should be there for midday 🎶🎸🤘🍻🌞

    Gonna have to wait for next year and had so been looking forward to it. Too much virus around for me to risk it. Have fun everyone

    Does anyone know where the mixed camping field is yet at all please? Just want to try and avoid joining unnecessary queues 😊👍🏻

    Ps I've printed my 2020 tickets...hope these are OK at entrance?

    Top job.. we're on our way.

    I'll certainly be fit by end of weekend! Wonder how many step!?? Lol

    Looking forward to our Camel Camp later

    Travelling from Bristol tomorrow. How is the ground on site? Still dry I hope!

    Triffic! All on daily B12 injections , I hope. (Arcane Woodstock reference and I hope you aren't.)

    Wickham Music Festival We’re not camping but we’re coming to the opening concert tonight. Will it be obvious where we should park? And I’m guessing it means there’ll be a ticket/ wristband exchange open? Thanks😁

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    Great to have Bug Beats at Wickham presenting the worlds first socially-distanced Silent Disco with full COVID-Secure measures in place

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    See you tomorrow ….one more sleep 💤 - ridiculously excited 😆

    We drove down yesterday. A five hour drive. This is what it looked like on arrival😀

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    It looks very spaced out, lots of room well done Pete and everyone for this

    Happy, happy days. Let's let the good times roll

    First timers! But we can’t get there until Friday. Save us a camping spot 😜

    Stupidly excited to be coming back. Safe travels everyone and thank you Peter and team for creating this for us xx

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    Fantastic line up

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    And as the sun goes down.......

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    Who’s travelling more than 100 miles to the festival ?

    Will there be morning yoga this year?

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    Samba time!  Were looking forward to Swan Samba bringing their Brazilian beats to our Festival on Sunday morning. The drumming/dancing band performs a fusion of samba styles including Samba Reggae, Funk, Maracatu, Ijexa, Batucada, Ragga and more. www.swansamba.co.uk

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    Ooo, hope it is nice and early! might I suggest they parade around the camping fields for the listening pleasure of those who may have forgotten to pack alarm clocks and might otherwise miss the glory of a Hampshire dawn......

    Can anyone please tell me if I need to print my tickets? Help!

    What time on Thursday will the ticket office be open please?

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    Most excited!!! 🎶🎶🎶

    We are so so looking forward to this. First gig in 18 months!

    Time for some bag packing & swopping & adding & changing back again😆

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    Woo hoo will be reading and offering spirit board readings for groups xxx

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    Really excited for this!

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    When is it happening?

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